The WREZ Environment and Lands Work Group is responsible for:
- Categorizing the development potential of Renewable Energy Zones based on environmental, land use, and wildlife criteria in Phase 1 of the WREZ process.
- Identifying policies and best practices to facilitate development in sensitive areas.
- Recommending criteria for siting generation and routing transmission to the zones.
The Environment and Lands Work Group worked closely with the Western Governors Wildlife Council (WGWC), a group of state fish and wildlife agency representatives responsible for leading the regional mapping effort to identify important wildlife habitat and sensitive ecosystems.
Information about the E&L work group is included in the WREZ Phase 1 report, but additional details on the group’s work can be found in the E&L Phase 1 report
Work group membership has been limited to ensure participation from a balanced stakeholder group and to maintain a manageable size. Conference calls and meetings are open to the public and interested parties are welcome to sign-up as observers. A participant list of current work group members as well as a list of observers.
For details on the E&L documents available during the January 2009 public comment period, comments received, and responses from the work group, visit the public comment web site.
- Exclusion areas
- Initial Avoidance Areas
- Exclusion & Initial Avoidance Summary List
- Significant Areas of Consideration